Potential Tax Benefits of a 1031 Exchange

Most real estate investors leverage a 1031 exchange for the tax benefits. While we always advise clients to discuss these benefits with a certified public account, most Massachusetts investors can expect the following:

Deferred Capital Gains

A 1031 exchange allows investors to defer capital gains until they cash out. There is no limit on how many times an investor can complete an exchange – in fact, many investors never sell their real estate. Instead, they leverage the exchange to continue working to improve their financial position.

Reset Deprication

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) permits real estate owners to depreciate their assets – investments are generally depreciated over 27.5 years. Depreciation takes into consideration the deteriorating condition of a property over time. When an investor reinvests in a new property, the depreciation schedule resets.

Fewer Taxes

Most states require individuals to pay income tax; however, a select number of states do not. Investors looking to reduce the amount they pay in taxes can sell their investment property in New York and purchase a property in one of those other states. States that have no income tax include Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming

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Potential Investment Benefits of a 1031 Exchange

The potential benefits of a 1031 exchange go beyond paying less in taxes – if leveraged correctly, a 1031 exchange has the opportunity to be a critical resource for building wealth and stability.

Improve Your Position

Investors looking to modify their investment portfolio to improve their financial position can use a 1031 strategy to make necessary adjustments. For example, investors can leverage a 1031 exchange to trade up, meaning they can sell one property and use the proceeds to purchase a property of higher value. This strategy enables investors to purchase a more expensive property using the capital already invested. Over time, this process allows investors to strive to build wealth by continuously trading into more expensive and often better quality assets.

Diversify and Modify Your Portfolio

A 1031 exchange allows investors to diversify their portfolios by purchasing new asset types, trading into a new market, or changing associated risk. For example, investors who started purchasing real estate in their hometown can sell a property and trade it into another market. Or, they can trade from a value-add multifamily asset to fractional interest in a Delaware Statutory Trust (DST). Each of these trades allows investors to modify their portfolios based on their investment objective

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Perch Financial LLC and Emerson Equity LLC do not provide legal or tax advice. Securities offered through Emerson Equity LLC Member FINRA/SIPC and MSRB registered. Emerson Equity LLC is unaffiliated with any entity herein. 1031 Risk Disclosure:


  • There is no guarantee that any strategy will be successful or achieve investment objectives;
  • Potential for property value loss – All real estate investments have the potential to lose value during the life of the investments;
  • Change of tax status – The income stream and depreciation schedule for any investment property may affect the property owner’s income bracket and/or tax status. An unfavorable tax ruling may cancel deferral of capital gains and result in immediate tax liabilities;
  • Potential for foreclosure – All financed real estate investments have potential for foreclosure; ·Illiquidity – Because 1031 exchanges are commonly offered through private placement offerings and are illiquid securities. There is no secondary market for these investments;
  • Reduction or Elimination of Monthly Cash Flow Distributions – Like any investment in real estate, if a property unexpectedly loses tenants or sustains substantial damage, there is potential for suspension of cash flow distributions;
  • Impact of fees/expenses – Costs associated with the transaction may impact investors’ returns and may outweigh the tax benefits

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